- Quade Cooper replaces Bernard Foley at five-eighth in Wallabies shake-up
- Hope Solo suspended six months by US Soccer for comments after Olympics loss
- Glenn Maxwell recalled by Australia for T20 series as Steve Smith flies home
- Fans launch online campaign to secure Brent Harvey a contract extension
- Team culture was not an issue for Australia's swimmers, says Mack Horton
- Rio Olympics: Jack Laugher, Chris Mears, Jade Jones & Max Whitlock win medals
- Jason Roy helps England earn win over Pakistan in first ODI
- How Michael Schumacher got his big break with Jordan
- League Two Accrington shock Burnley in EFL Cup
- England v Pakistan: Joe Root and Jason Roy earn Southampton win
• James Ward fails to qualify for main draw after losing to Máximo González
The Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will be the second seed at the US Open, starting on Monday, as he looks to win his second grand slam title of the year.Continue reading...
• Monaco, Legia Warsaw and Ludogorets Razgrad also through
Roma suffered another European humiliation on Tuesday when they had two players sent off, lost 3-0 at home to Porto and missed out on the Champions League group stage.
After drawing 1-1 in Portugal in the first leg of the playoff tie, Roma started as favourites but never recovered after Felipe gave the visitors an eighth-minute lead.Continue reading...
• Manager faces Shrewsbury in League Cup seeking first Sunderland win
David Moyes has no intention of selling Lamine Koné if he can possibly help it and believes it would be impossible to sign as good a central defensive replacement for the £21m Everton are prepared to pay.
“Koné will stay,” said Sunderland’s manager before suggesting that, although he had vetoed Everton’s bid, it had not been turned down outright by his board.Continue reading...
• Sahar 21, Hoban 48
Brendan Rodgers suffered “probably the longest 90 minutes” of his managerial career as Celtic survived a scare against Hapoel Beer-Sheva to reach the Champions League group stage for the first time in three years with this narrow aggregate win.
The Scottish champions were heavy favourites to see out the play-off second leg after their 5-2 victory at Parkhead last week but were on the ropes from the early stages at the Turner Stadium.Continue reading...
Labor voices opposition to plan during overnight debate, with leader Luke Foley accusing premier Mike Baird of a ‘cruel ambush’ of working-class people
The controversial bill to ban greyhound racing in New South Wales has been passed in the state parliament by 49 votes to 30.
Debate continued overnight as Labor MPs voiced their opposition to the government’s plan to shut down the industry by next July.Continue reading...
The EFL Cup might be Crystal Palace’s best chance of tangible success this season and on a muggy night in south London they barely broke sweat in taking their first steps in the competition. Palace recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory against League Two Blackpool, a performance without too many flourishes but will be filed under ‘job done’, after a sticky start to the Premier League season.
Alan Pardew made seven changes to the side that lost against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend but one of those was the new signing Christian Benteke, given his debut as was Steve Mandanda in goal.Continue reading...
It will take more than an emphatic victory over Burton Albion to provide evidence that Liverpool are back on the right path after Saturday’s sobering defeat at Burnley but Jürgen Klopp’s side did all that was asked of them on an evening when the chasm in class was every bit as wide as the scoreline suggests.
Klopp’s team selection underlined how seriously he was treating this match and their progress to the third round of the League Cup was a formality before the midway point of the first half. Liverpool, courtesy of early goals from Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino, were 2-0 ahead after 22 minutes and it was already starting to feel like an exercise in damage limitation for the Championship club.Continue reading...
Antonio Conte was made to feel a little sticky under his starched collar on a sweltering summer night as his makeshift Chelsea side were given a real contest by their League One opponents Bristol Rovers. With the help of some calming substitutions for Chelsea, including the introduction of John Terry for the injured Aina, Chelsea were able to see the game out.Continue reading...
Ronald Koeman’s first win at Goodison Park may not linger long in the memories of many Evertonians but this was a night for Ross Barkley to savour. Leading his boyhood club for the first time, he scored as an upset was averted comfortably. Aaron Lennon and Arouna Koné, with a brace, also found the net for last season’s semi-finalists as Everton, who have not exited at this stage since 2001, ensured ranked as smooth progress. A gulf of 79 league places proved too wide for Yeovil to bridge.
Yeovil’s resources are so slender that they could only name five substitutes. Everton have the luxury of a rather greater choice and Ronald Koeman’s selection was evidence of his rebuilding. All four of his signings began the game with Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie, acquired for a combined £39 million, making maiden starts and Ross Barkley captaining them for the first time as Phil Jagielka, Gareth Barry and Leighton Baines were afforded rests.Continue reading...
• Rio authorities also investigating suspicion of money laundering
Brazilian police said on Tuesday that they had uncovered emails between International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Pat Hickey and the head of the THG Sports hospitality company that discussed the illegal sale of Olympic tickets.Continue reading...
Three years ago Steve Bate set himself a target. But instead of obsessing about the colour of the medal he was aiming for in Rio de Janeiro, an athlete who had only recently taken up cycling had a more realistic goal. He just wanted to make it to the Paralympic Games in the first place and then, well, who knows what comes next? “Life will go on if I win medals or if I don’t,” Bate says.
The first thing you need to know about Bate is that when he puts his mind to something he tends to make a success of it. He might have been a cycling novice but it soon became apparent that he was a natural on a bike and Bate, whose stringent training regime means he will have little time to celebrate turning 39 on Wednesday, will head to Rio with a strong chance of collecting gold alongside his pilot, Adam Duggleby, with whom he won the time trial in the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup last year. Together they will race in 4km tandem pursuit (B/VI), the time trial and the road race.Continue reading...
• Azhar Ali: we are confident and if we bring our A-game we will compete
After the captivating drawn Test series that left Pakistan, not England, basking in a newly acquired status as the world’s No1 team, attention now switches to the 50-over format and a five-match encounter starting in sunny Southampton on Wednesday afternoon that, on paper at least, has Eoin Morgan’s home side as the favourites.Continue reading...
• Sam Curran takes four wickets as home side edge first day
Surrey feel, as they did a year ago, like a team on an upward curve. The reasons for their early-season slump were many and varied, but chief among them was an inability to get to grips with the rigours of Division One, and a host of absent bowlers, mainly through injury, but also – less ordinarily – through A-Levels.
Sam Curran was the man worrying about coursework deadlines and exam times, but his return at the start of July has given Surrey balance. The prevailing feeling is that the youngest Curran will end up as a silky middle-order batsman who bowls as a third or fourth seamer. Yet his left-arm swing continues to improve and evolve, as he showed here in taking four for 61 to help dismiss Lancashire for 287, .Continue reading...
Adam Brickell is to quit racing’s ruling body, where he has been integrity director for less than four years, in a development sure to be linked to fallout from the Jim Best case, though any connection is officially denied. The British Horseracing Authority insists Brickell’s move has not been prompted by the disastrous few months his department has endured since news broke that a finding against Best would have to be quashed.
“I felt it was a natural time to move on to a fresh challenge,” Brickell is quoted as saying in a BHA press release. There is no word, however, on whether he has a job waiting for him,plans to take time to assess his opportunities, whether he will stay in sports regulation or return to private practice as a solicitor at the age of 36 after seven years at High Holborn.Continue reading...
• All the action from the second round tie at the Pirelli Stadium
• Jürgen Klopp could let defender Mamadou Sakho go out on loan
• Burton living the impossible dream as patience and ambition stoke flames
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To gen up on Burton, by the way, you need to read the work of Jacob Steinberg here. It’s very good:
Email from Dave Hill: “I think it’s rather sporting of Klopp to put Mignolet in goal. Burton might at least score. Ahh the magic of the EFL cup!”
If you like this, wait til you see the EFL – sorry, Checkatrade – TrophyContinue reading...